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T. Blake Ball, Ph.D.
Research Associate ( Dr.Francis A.Plummer's Lab)

Degrees:
B.Sc. Microbiology - University of Manitoba, 1991
M.Sc. Medical Microbiology - University of Manitoba, 1995 Ph.D. Medical Microbiology - Univeristy of Manitoba, 2001

Mailing Address:
730 William Avenue, Room 507
Winnipeg, MB
R3E 0W3

Telephone: (204)-789-3202
Fax: (204)-789-3926
Email: tball@cc.umanitoba.ca


Positions Held:

Immunology Lab Director - HIV Laboratory Manager for Dr. Frank Plummer

Current Project:

Gates Grand Challenge

Areas of Expertise:

Cellular Immunology, Immunogenetics

Responsibilities:

  • Overseeing Day-to-day operation and maintenance of the Gates Grand Challenge.
  • Antibody studies of HIV-R women
  • Directing studies on mucosal immunology of HIV-R women

Research Background:


Dr. Ball is an outstanding immunogeneticist recently recruited to be the HIV Laboratory Manager for Dr. Frank Plummer. Dr. Ball is responsible for the supervision of Dr. Plummer's technical personnel and graduate students employed at the University of Manitoba for this project.

Dr. Ball's main research interests revolve around Innate immunity (especially at the mucosal level) and the role it plays in protection against infections diseases and how it instructs the adaptive immune response.

Dr. Ma Luo
Research Associate & Visiting Scientest ( Dr.Francis A.Plummer's Lab)

Degrees:
M.D. (Manitoba, 1976), Diplomate (American Board of Internal Medicine, 1979), F.R.C.P.C. (Manitoba, 1980)

Mailing Address:
1015 H3680, 1015 Arlington ST, HIV & Human Genomics, NML
Winnipeg, MB
R3E 3R2

Tel:(204)(204)-789-6074
Fax: (204)-789-3926
Email: Ma_Luo@hc-sc.gc.ca


Current Project:

Gates Grand Challenge

Areas of Expertise:

Molecular Biology

Responsibilities:

  • Conducting genetic studies, including high-throughput HLA and IRF-1 typing
  • Overseeing SNP and other genetic analyses

Research Background:


Ma Luo is a PhD molecular biologist. She will be performing the molecular class II genotyping and characterization of the IRF-1 allele patterns among all study participants. She will oversee the proposed SNP studies and coordinate transport of genetic specimens from Nairobi to Canada and ensure their appropriate storage prior to processing.

Ma Luo also manages the HIV and Human Genetics Group. In addition to working with people in the group for their specific projects, she also works on several projects to understand the basis of the natural resistance to HIV-1 and the long-term evolution of the HIV-1 epidemic, HLA class II and mother-child HIV transmission, HIV viral evolution and host immunogenetics and none-bias genome SNPs screen to map genes associated with resistance to HIV-1.
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